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'An incident on the roads could leave me facing a two-and-a-half hour trek'

Case Study

Claire Collins spends four hours commuting every day from Navan to Dublin where she works as a radio producer with Newstalk.

"I always check AA Roadwatch first and hit the road at 6.30am, driving to the Red Cow Park and Ride. I jump on the Luas to Jervis and walk 10 minutes to Newstalk for about 7.50am," she explains.

"If I leave work at 6pm I generally arrive home at 7.45pm. An incident on the roads could leave me facing a two-and-a-half hour trek home. Daily tolls cost €7, parking €4 and Luas is €4.26. With diesel, it's around €116 per week.

"I have explored other options. I couldn't take the Bus Éireann journey with all the stops. I tried driving all the way, paying €15 a day to park but city traffic on the way home made the journey longer and costly with diesel.

"I'm lucky in that I love driving and enjoy the comfort of being in the car, with a cup of coffee perhaps and listening to the radio. I know it's a long commute both ways in comparison to a lot of people but for me, living in Navan is worth it for cheaper rent."

She adds: "I grew up in Clare in the countryside so Navan offers me a similar lifestyle and is just a better fit for where I am in my life. I love it and I'd never give it up."

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